"So....what now?" I ask, looking at the team. The red-haired girl...Ariella?...is sitting on the corner, scowling. I can't say I blame her. Given the circumstances....well, lets just say I've done more appealing things while working in the Academy Kitchen after porridge breakfast.
Even if I'm time-traveling, this is not cool.
Great job, Zaul. I kick a pebble. You just ruined time travel.
"I think, um....we should ask around? Figure out where and what and when we are." Aislinn tosses her hair out of her eyes again, fingering a heart-shaped necklace. Her eyes suddenly rivet on a tiny kid walking out of Urchin's Grotto. Or, where Urchin's Grotto should be.
He looks about six, with shaggy black hair and huge green eyes. His clothes are little more than rags, but then again, that's the unfortunate norm for urchins. His eyes dart furtively around the square, searching...but for what, I can't guess.
Aislinn walks slowly over to him. "Hi, bubuleh. " She whispers, kneeling down next to him. "Do you need help?" He straightens.
"No, ma'am." He looks her straight in the eye. I instantly like this kid. "I can take care of myself. I'm just looking for my sister-" He cuts himself off, running his hand through his thick hair. "Its ok." Aislie says softly. It reminds me of someone talking to a wild animal.
"My sister...I lost her." He admits. "But I'll find her. You don't need to worry about that, miss." She smiles. "Oh, I'm not worried. I'm sure you'll find her, boychick. But we'll help you, if that's okay. What's your name, honey?" The softness and sweetness of her words even puts me off guard.
"I'm Joshua Gideon Cogshine, miss. I'm nine and a half."
Aislinn's face rapidly changes from sweet and smiling to absolute horror. "No..." Her face pales starkly, and her eyes go wide, sparkling with tears. She puts a hand over her mouth. "No..."
I step back. Zaul, you snake. You worm, you blasted insect! Not this kid. Not. This. Kid.
I can almost hear his sniveling laughter.